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Superior Stripes stroll past St Andrew’s

Birkirkara broke little sweat to overcome the challenge of bottom-placed St Andrew’s 4-0 at the National Stadium this afternoon.

As expected it was Birkirkara who dominated proceedings early on and they took the lead on 11 minutes. Cain Attard stormed into the area was upended in the area by Rossetto. From the resultant penalty Fabrizio Miccoli sent his fellow Italian compatriot the wrong way.

Liliu almost made it 2-0 on 19 minutes when he stormed into the area but his low shot was somehow kept out by Rossetto. From the rebound, the Brazilian striker saw his dipping header cleared off the line by Clyde Cumbo.

A minute from the interval, Miccoli was unlucky not to add a second goal to his name when he connected to Camenzuli’s cross but his first-time volley just missed the upright.

On the restart, the Stripes maintained the initiative and on 46 minutes Liliu picked Plut but his downward header was blocked by Rossetto.

Birkirkara doubled their lead on 53 minutes when Miccoli dispossessed Nicola Andreis and the Italian striker embarked on a surging run that took him past two defenders. He momentarily lost the ball but he soon retrieved possession on the edge of the area and unleashed a low drive that gave no chance to Rossetto.

Birkirkara made it 3-0 a minute later when from a corner action Gareth Sciberras picked Plut inside the area and the Slovenian’s dipping header flew into the net.

Six minutes from time Juan Barroso, who had earlier replaced Miccoli, was unlucky not to put his name on the scoresheet when he saw his curling drive coming off the upright.

Birkirkara did add a fourth goal a minute from time when Barroso put Liliu clear and the Brazilian easily despatched the ball past Rossetto.

Birkirkara’s Paul Fenech was voted as the BOV Player of the match.

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